This unit describes the knowledge and skills required by EAL learners to explore local or international current issues.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills and knowledge: - vocabulary and expressions for a range of topical issues; - expressions for giving reasons or simple opinions; - simple sentence structures; - simple question forms; - a range of common high frequency tense and aspect forms to describe present, past and future; - some modals and modal forms (positive and negative); - a limited range of common phrasal verbs; - a limited range of connectives; - a range of high frequency discourse markers and cohesive devices; - a limited range of adjectives, adverbs and some adverbial phrases; - a limited number of prepositions and prepositional phrases; - use mostly intelligible pronunciation with adequate stress and intonation characterised by hesitation and circumlocution; - simple paralinguistic features, such as body language, to interpret and convey meaning and acknowledge understanding in discussions; - some awareness of how tone, stress and intonation modify meaning when giving opinions on an issue; - some high frequency idiomatic expressions; - some awareness of tone, style, attitude, intention of writer; - some colloquial expressions, and; - awareness of different cultural expectations.

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